Ringing for the Centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme

A peal of Grandsire Triples was rung at St John’s Devizes on 1 July: BellBoard

To commemorate the centenary today of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Remembering in particular Lance Corporal Leonard Hunt, 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, a ringer at Southbroom Devizes and a member of the Salisbury DG, who was killed in action on the Somme on 1 July 1916.

Colin Smith, the tower captain of St James, Southbroom writes: BellBoard

On Friday 1st July 2016 following a short service of reflection lead by Revd Dr Keith Brindle a half muffled quarter peal was rung as a tribute to all those that fell in WW1 and with particular reference to Lance Corporal Leonard Hunt (aged 21) who was a ringer and chorister at St James, Southbroom who died in action on July 1st 1916 at the Somme Offensive. Ringers were 1. Patrick Chapman 2. Jill Hamilton 3. Chris Stirland 4. Alistair Hale 5. Colin Smith (conductor) 6. Stella Udell. Full details of the research into the life of Lance Corporal Hunt will be published in the next edition of Face to Face.

A half muffled Quarter Peal was rung at Wareham on 3 July: BellBoard

In remembrance of the eleven Wareham men who died in this battle; also in memory of Private Robert Phillips (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry), a ringer from Towednack, Cornwall, who died at Wareham Camp on 05/07/1916 aged 19, and who is buried in Wareham Cemetery.

A quarter was also rung at Corfe Mullen on 4 July to mark this anniversary. BellBoard.

Robert Wellen
Guild Master, Salisbury DG

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